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Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object? by David McMahon
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What could this be? Any theories? You can leave as many comments/ guesses as you want.

If you don’t want to see the answer, don’t read any further!

Solved on the seventh guess by Jemma who correctly identified this as fireworks. It was shot at the New Year’s Eve fireworks by the Yarra 11 months ago.

I alternated between using a Sigma 18-125mm lens and a Sigma 70-300mm lens. Obviously, it was a lot harder with the longer lens, because there is a lot of guesswork involved in capturing fireworks. Midway through the display I locked the lens at 300mm and decided I would spend a couple of minutes trying to get this type of halo image.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D. using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F5.6, 1/45 sec, ISO 800, focal length 300mm.

Featured in MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA, December 2009.

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Ok here we go again lol, lets see there are clues here……at 300 mm and maybe a bit of camera shake, I would hazard a guess and say maybe stobe lights of a sort. Other than that I have no clue lol

  • Hi Sean, thanks for being the first to guess. They’re not strobe lights ….

    – David McMahon

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlabout 5 years ago

    traffic lights?

  • Good thinking, Jen, but I have to say no ….

    – David McMahon

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlabout 5 years ago

    hmmm….lol… well, that’s good… because I was going to be a bit worried about driving over there if I ever needed to! :D I’ll have to think of something else…

  • I could sense the nervousness there, Jen! You won this comp yesterday, by identifying the back of the chair, so you still have the crown ….

    – David McMahon

  • wahumom
    wahumomabout 5 years ago

    Christmas lights?

  • Sheila, that’s such a great guess, especially at this time of the year – but no.

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisabout 5 years ago

    For some reason ;-) I remember another picture – is this one part of that puzzle? Maybe a different picture of the same location?

  • Jeepers, you have a GREAT memory. That shot of festive street light was taken in Clacutta, India, but no, this is not part of the same sequence.

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisabout 5 years ago

    :-) me, good memory? Good one! :-) :-) It’s the colours that triggered it.
    So, does it mean it’s solved now? Which part am I right about :-) India? Indian festival (the Puja festive season, maybe elsewhere in India)?

  • In answer to your questions, Themis! …. No, it’s not solved. It was not shot in India. Sorry if my earlier answer was ambiguous.
    But in answer to your other question, yes, you have an amazing memory to be able to recall that earlier shot of mine!

    – David McMahon

  • jfpictures
    jfpicturesabout 5 years ago

    fireworks?

  • BINGO! You nailed it. Congratulations. Give me five minutes and I’ll announce you as the winner …..

    – David McMahon

  • jfpictures
    jfpicturesabout 5 years ago

    SERIOUS!? haha, lucky guess!

  • Yes, serious – see the update I’ve just posted, with a link to you!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 5 years ago

    Would never have guessed – I have added one for you – can you guess what it is

  • I’m on my way now, Shulie … thanks so much for letting me know!

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisabout 5 years ago

    Darn, went to watch some TV, and found it solved :-) Oh, well, on to the next one :-) Interesting picture, BTW :-)

  • Sorry about that, Themis – I thought you were going to crack the solution. Glad you like the photo.

    – David McMahon

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